Morecambe left frustrated with draw

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LEWIS Edge’s Morecambe side were extremely disappointed they could not finish off the job and beat Chorley in a low-scoring game they completely dominated.

Edge said: “It’s probably a sign of how far we have come in the last month or so that a winning draw actually felt like a defeat.

“Still six points is better than none and we’re still gaining ground in our march towards the top four.”

Another wet week brought another damp slow pitch at Woodhill Lane and the covers remained on until 2.10pm because of another deluge of summer rain.

Eventually, the game got underway reduced to 40 overs per side, Edge won the toss and Morecambe took the opportunity to bat hoping to apply some scoreboard pressure in the second half.

Chorley however came out like a house on fire and the opening pair of Smith and Harty both swung the ball and in turn removed Ikram Ullah, Josh Dixon and professional Umar Amin.

As a result Morecambe were shaking at 13-3, however the home side’s Tom Barnfield alongside Edge settled the nerves, the skipper playing fluently to reach 22 with three fours and a six before he fell bowled by Chorley skipper for the day Billy Smith.

The game was now in essence a T20 and joining the classy Barnfield was Ryan Pearson (25) who applied pressure of his own mixing offence with solid defence and the scoreboard was ticking over nicely.

Barnfield was approaching his maiden 50 for the club and didn’t miss out on the opportunity, stroking Chorley professional Gurav Dhar for consecutive boundaries to reach a well-made half century.

Barnfield fell caught and bowled by Dhar just as he looked as if he could take the game well away from Chorley, his 54 came off 76 balls with six fours and two sixes. Morecambe’s tail added a few quick runs, taking them to a very defendable total of 135-7.

Chorley started as Morecambe did with Gareth Pedder bowling Bentham for a duck and Umar Amin removing McCullagh for two.

Chorley’s number three Howarth survived a huge leg before wicket shout early on off Pedder and didn’t learn his lesson three balls later as he was trapped on the crease in almost identical fashion.

Iain Critchley and Gurav Dhar showed some resistance, however Amin was getting the ball to swing and Dhar was to fall to a smart catch by Edge behind the stumps.

When Will Moulton and Michael Critchley both fell for ducks Morecambe sensed a fourth win in a row.

Critchley tried to go big in the search for quick runs but was only to find Josh Dixon in the deep who took a smart catch low down to give Tommy Clough his first wicket.

Weetman went first ball to Reg Cupit as Morecambe closed in on victory but Stuart Naden and Billy Smith batted out the final 10 overs for a losing draw and in turn gained three points for their side, Morecambe claiming six.

Morecambe head to Darwen next Saturday followed by a return to Woodhill Lane on Sunday in the quarter-final of the league cup verses Kendal.

Morecambe 135-7

Chorley 96-8

Northern Premier League